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Forum index -   Wanna buy: Ducati #2
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tex-mex
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Joined: 07 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:24 pm Reply with quote

I bought my first Ducati last year after a lifetime of waiting. It's an 05 S4R with the Termignoni Carbon High Power Ms4 system. Absolutely incredible machine. I now have almost 14,000 miles on it. I will have owned it 1 year in November. My only regret is that I didn't buy a Ducati years sooner.

I now want a Multistrada. What I'm curious about is how well does it perform off road. I want to be able to take it to places I would drive a 4wd truck to. Nothing to crazy. No jumps, no river crossings, just some dirt, mud, and rocks.
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Tee-Dub
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Location: Vancouver Washington USA

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:50 pm Reply with quote

You'd better read all the reviews of this machine closer. It is in no way designed to go off road, period. It has streetbike wheels and tires. The "DS" designation on the bike doesn't stand for "dual sport". The DS stands for "dual spark" as in the engine uses 2 spark plugs per cylinder. If you want a good bike for off roading that wont cost you a bunch of money when you dump it, look at a Kawasaki KLR650 or the Suzuki equivelant.

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battam
MTS: 05 1000S DS (Black)

   

Joined: 16 Mar 2005
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Location: Tucson, AZ

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:09 pm Reply with quote

I second Tee-Dub!

The MTS has been compared with the BMW R1200GS, I guess because it is an 'Adventure Tourer' but then again the BMW won't handle rocks too well, but will get you off road, mostly trail riding. Even the F650GS if you want something smaller. Be prepared to spend the money! The KTM 950 will also do really well. Plus what Tee-Dub said!

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tex-mex
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 12:26 pm Reply with quote

What I was considering was purchasing a used MTS and putting some Dual Sport tires on it. I thought the MTS was in the same class as the BMW R1200GS.

I want to try it and see what happens.
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badger
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:20 pm Reply with quote

If you're seriously considering using a MTS offroad, I'd go with a 620 not the 1000DS. I don't think the single sided swingarm would be as bash proof and could get really expensive.
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Steve B
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:06 pm Reply with quote

I don't think you find dual sport tires to fit those wheels.
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Tee-Dub
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:30 pm Reply with quote

Steve B wrote:
I don't think you find dual sport tires to fit those wheels.


That is the main problem. This bike has the same wheels as the superbikes and they just don't make dualsport tires in that size. Plus, even if you did compare the bike the the BMW GS (I'm not sure how, they are nothing alike) the Ducati just isn't as stout as the BMW. I just don't think it'd hold up too well off road. I do agree, I'd try the Multi 620 if you had to try it, but same problem, no dualsport tires available.

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wayward
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Location: USA - Yakima, WA

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:40 am Reply with quote

Tee-Dub wrote:
Steve B wrote:
I don't think you find dual sport tires to fit those wheels.


That is the main problem.
It was designed that way for the exact reason that Tee-Dub posted earlier.

Tee-Dub wrote:
It is in no way designed to go off road, period.

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lotus54
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MTS: 05 1000S DS (Red)

   

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:09 pm Reply with quote

Dunlop makes the tyres for the new Buell Ullysses (sp?).
Those would work pretty well for mild off road.
I don't know how well the wheels would hold up though- and make sure to fit a 'shock sock' or something to protect the rear damper.

I've used mine on gravel roads, it worked great. But I don't plan on doing anything more than that. I'm sure it could be made to, but it would take some work. Like others have mentioned, starting with the 620 may be the way to go, lighter, lower and cheaper too. Too bad it doesn't have the suspension of the 1000.

Mark

wayward wrote:
Tee-Dub wrote:
Steve B wrote:
I don't think you find dual sport tires to fit those wheels.


That is the main problem.
It was designed that way for the exact reason that Tee-Dub posted earlier.

Tee-Dub wrote:
It is in no way designed to go off road, period.
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